Major twist in King’s Lynn incinerator saga as officers recommend controversial project is scrapped

The proposed incinerator site at Saddlebow. Picture: Ian Burt. The proposed incinerator site at Saddlebow. Picture: Ian Burt.

Dan Grimmer
Monday, March 31, 2014
3:45 PM

It is time to pull the plug on the county’s proposed incinerator - that is the shock recommendation from officers at Norfolk County Council, who say the compensation they would have to pay would be dwarfed by future costs if the saga drags on.

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The proposed site of the incinerator at Saddlebow. Picture: Ian BurtThe proposed site of the incinerator at Saddlebow. Picture: Ian Burt

At an extraordinary meeting of Norfolk County Council next Monday (April 7) councillors are due to vote on whether to axe the controversial incinerator proposed at King’s Lynn once and for all.

With communities secretary Eric Pickles yet to decide whether to ratify planning permission for the plant at Saddlebow, opponents of the scheme have secured a vote on whether to scrap it.

A report by County Hall’s own officers, published today, makes the shock recommendation that the council should terminate the contract, before the cost of pulling out of the plant starts going up by £400,000 every month.

The recommendation - which would mean the council would have to pay contractors Cory Wheelabrator £30.26m if it is agreed - was revealed in a report put together by Tom McCabe, the council’s interim director of environment, transport and development, head of finance Peter Timmins and acting managing director Anne Gibson.

George Nobbs.George Nobbs.

Incinerator timeline

Background: Wars of words, document after document and 10 years later we could be right back at square one

Background: The report recommending King’s Lynn incinerator plan is thrown-out

The report, which will go before councillors on the day of the crunch vote, states: “The capped compensation for termination for planning failure increases from £20.3m to around £25m from May 2014.

“In addition, each month after that, the capped figure would go up by another £400,000.

“This would mean that a negative planning decision after May 2014, or a successful challenge to a positive planning decsion, would incur higher overall termination costs, currently estimated at £30.26m.

“That is because the capped element of this overall cost, currently fixed at £20.3m, would increase to around £25m from May 1 2014, rising by £400,000 per month thereafter.

“Meeting those costs would present the risk of greater implications for services than a decision to reject an increase to the breakage cap now.”

The officers also state that the delay in Mr Pickles making a decision is reducing the value for money of the plant.

A public inquiry was held last year and the planning inspector’s report - and recommendation - has been handed to Mr Pickles.

A decision was due to be made on or before January 14, but that date passed without a decision.

Officers state: “In value for money terms, the contract is now estimated to save around £12m, compared to the cost of landfill.

“This is reducing at the approximate rate of £140,000 per day because the delay is forcing the cost up and also reducing the payback period for savings.

“This presents the risk that the guaranteed value for money of the contract compared to landfill will reduce to nil before a planning decision is given and the proposal can go ahead. This point will be reached in June.”

The report said the savings could be increased by other factors, such as increased income from electricity, but that there was no guarantee that would happen.

In its budget, the county council has built up a £19m ‘war chest’ in case it has to pay compensation to Cory Wheelabrator.

The officers state: “The remaining £11m could be achieved within the necessary timescale, albeit with a significant impact for services.”

Click here for story on previous incinerator vote being scrapped

Click here for a story on the plans first going on show to the public

The council would then need to find an alternative solution, both in the short-term and in the long-term. The short-term solution could see waste sent to the incinerator at Great Blakenham, in Suffolk, or to burners in Lincolnshire.

In October, the county council voted, by 40 votes to 38, to agree a revised project plan for the incinerator. Officers had warned scrapping the burner could lead to a pay-out of up to £100m - a claim which opponents had said was incorrect.

But Labour council leader George Nobbs: “When the facts change, our position changes. There was a real fear of bankruptcy if we had terminated in October and there is no fear now due to our prudent action.

“When we knew last year there was a possibility we might be in this position again, we made financial provision and officers have been exploring other options in the short term.

“The energy from waste plant would not have been operational for a number of years and we are already sending 40,000 tonnes of waste a year to Kent.

“We have been in open talks with Suffolk County Council on a wide range of issues and this is foremost among them.

“There are two incinerators in Lincolnshire, one within 10 miles of King’s Lynn. Of course, there are no easy answers, why is why previous administrations have come to the conclusion an energy from waste plant was the solution.”

When asked whether the long-term solution could involve an incinerator, Mr Nobbs said: “We have just got out of the frying pan and I do not intend to get into the fire. The contract was not thought out, the long term implications were not thought through and I do not want to repeat that again.

“Whatever happens, it has to be well founded and based on all available evidence. We need to take a long, hard look at the future of Norfolk’s waste. The people of Norfolk would not want anything else.”

In a poll organised by West Norfolk Council in 2011, 65,000 people said they did not want the incinerator, but the Conservative administration decided to push ahead with awarding the contract to Cory Wheelabrator.

In October last year, the government announced it was cancelling the £91m of waste credits it had awarded to the project, which would have been worth £169m over the life of the contract.

While the campaigners who have long protested against the plant are likely to think otherwise, Mr Nobbs said there would “no winners” if the contract is terminated.

He said: “I understand the temptation for some people to be feeling pretty satisfied, but this is not a time for rejoicing or pealing church bells, because there are no winners in this.

“This process will have been extremely costly to taxpayers and has done untold damage to relations countywide.

“It is my wish now to heal the breach between west Norfolk and the rest of the county. To that end, our work starts now.

“It is Norfolk men and women who will have to pick up the bill.”

If the council agrees to terminate the contract, the controlling Labour/Liberal Democrat cabinet will have to decide whether to agree to do so - with the meeting taking place straight after the full council meeting.

If the council does terminate the contract, Cory Wheelabrator could, in theory, look to sue the authority or the government.

See tomorrow’s EDP for a five-page special report on the latest development in this long-running saga.

68 comments

  • Nobbs is stepping down and does not want his name on this. Of course he knows the vote will be in favour of continuing which is why he cannot look at a camera. Scheme still firmly on track.

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    George Peters

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • This news is vindication for the people of Norfolk - both in the CostesseyNorwich area and in the Kings Lynn area - who have fought for a decade against this absurd incinerator project, supported the whole while by the Green Party. Our congratulations to the Green Party's Michael De Whalley, co-founder of the anti-incinerator campaign KLWin, and to all who have fought by his side. The news is however political disaster for the Conservatives and for George Nobbs, Labour Leader of Norfolk Couty Council, who have unwisely backed this calamitiously-bad incinerator project: calamitous from a financial point of view, and also of course, if it had gone ahead, from an environmental point of view. ...We now need to look to a future in which Norfolk recycles and reduces its waste, rather than feeding monstrous burners.

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    Rupert Read, Green Party

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • Nothing like a spot of cod ra.cism and more veiled threa.ts when nothing else has worked so far. Grow up.

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    User Removed

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • I have looked but cannot find the words 'scrapped' or 'thrown out' in any report.

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    Pugh Bickley

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • Whether or not the incinerator is a good idea is open to debate, but why wasn't this all sorted out before it was commissioned in the first place? The trick is to sort out any controversy before anything is ordered , then 30 million in cancellation fees wouldn't have needed to be paid! The elephant in the room is the EU who imposed landfill tax in the first place,and started the line of thinking that an incinerator is a good idea! well This country tends to gold plate any idea the EU comes up with, but why should we kow tow to them? Political wrangling at this stage means that it's the taxpayer who picks up the bill for this nonsense, I would suggest the politicians involved should pay for this out of their own pockets,rather than the long suffering taxpayer, after all it's their decisions that have brought us to this!

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    Harry Rabinowitz

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

  • Do your homework PaulH. Of course you can recycle nappies. Materialworks can. As for plastic there is actually a shortage of plastic for recycling. There are factories making clothing and bags who have to halt their production lines while they wait for the plastic supply to catch up with them such is the huge demand. You'll be telling us that everything is going to go into big holes in the ground next.

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    alecto

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

  • Talk is cheap and celebrations are a bit early. A week is a long time in politics as someone once said.

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    Jack Bantoft

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • No it won't, Albert. It isn't needed anywhere.....

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    Barking

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • Rupert Read and the Greens please ,you cannot recycle all waste,only a percentage of it re Nappies,Plastics. Please if you want to be a credible Party and not just a egotist with a grievance have a viable economic plan,you begin to sound like Ed Millaband and Balls

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    PaulH

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

  • Scooby I totally agree

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    Sweet cheeks

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • Hey I want my £10k share dividend. Only joking.. Perhaps OFT can investigate my lost 10p, joking, but true maybe in small minded people who run your council..ok it is April 1st... We have worst here in WDC, and a free incinerator... In bees SCC ...Send your rubbish here...We can recycle into new WDC offices..... QED listen to no one, have invitation only public meetings... The low ness of WDC scraps the barrel.. You guys in Norfolk have it so good!,QED....save us from the anti business councillors in WdC... David Cameron would probably be ashamed of their behavior to business people. We try ,, but ask Peter colby or other directors of other companies, it is blinking hard work to talk sense to self deluded egoes... IMO local councillors should not be allowed to decide on matters beyond their station, in my day the local councillors limit of authority was to decide in their local streets which pavements should be replaced. IMO far beyond Flaw and bee egoes, we want our flood zone office QED ... An embarassment to their own parti .. Who are these self important people who no nothing?

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    Dave01

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • And GNobbs has just said on Look East that he expects the council to accept the recommendation! Oh dear Di.ckens.

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    Bikerboy

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • Is it only me or is Nobbs doing a quick U turn to save his political backside? Here is a man who was 100% behind the incinerator a few weeks ago, now trying to blame its failure on everyone else. Well done to the power of the people. Nobbs is a man who wants to rip the heart out of a conservation area, Ex RAF Coltishall, against English Heritage recommendations. Here is a man who is a Director of Norwich Airport and Norwich Airport Travel. Here is a man who's morals and integrity have been shot to pieces. This man is a liability to his party, the NCC and the people of Norfolk.

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    Commander500

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • Don't we have EU rules coming in over the next few years that will legislate more items for mandatory recycling? Doesn't this mean that domestic waste levels will drop? What is the minimum-level of waste Norfolk would have to provide to an incinerator to break even? How does this compare to shipping the waste to Suffolk, Lincolnshire and Holland? These aren't third-world countries, as has been suggested, but places that are struggling to fulfill their minimum waste rates to avoid penalty clauses from the incinerator companies. If those near-by incinerators are having difficulties, what are the chances of any Norfolk one being in the same boat? The council should come clean and clearly set out the full costs of the incinerator over a 25-year period, the minimum waste levels built into the contract along with the penalty clauses should these levels not be met, and the cost per ton for the incineration based on projected amounts of waste. This could then be compared with the costs of shipping non-recyclables to other incinerators that have already been built. Try and find this sort of information and the council refuses citing "commercial sensitivity".

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    So_Many_Haters!

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

  • Rupe think this is a Green party win? Ha ha. Any excuse to try and get his name out there before elections.

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    Jeffrey Osborne

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • Hey, my 8 posts never got past the moderator..automatic truth alert ... Make them fix pavements not anything to do with real world, we have worst in WDC and SCC.. Flaw and flee would love Norfolk.. EDP deletes opinions too much IMO....we are a free country ....

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    Dave01

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • Let's hope Tory MP's now lobby their Government to pay NCC's compensation costs. If our MPs try and claim any credit for this they should be opposed, as they only spoke out against the proposal AFTER the contract had been signed. Common sense proposal coming from officers and good to see George Nobbs accepting it for the same sound reasons.

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    Jonny

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • @ Barking - There is one at Ipswich. Nearly up and running.

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    BG

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • So pulling out as damage limitation . Well done Daubney and all the Kings Lynn NIMBYS with their hysterical non science and misuse of statistics and all the people who put their name to a petition even though they lived too far away to be affected.Now the rest of Norfolk will have to pick up the bill for whatever solution the councils come up with to solve our refuse disposal problem . I suggest West Norfolk is left to sort theirs out themselves so we can see their perfect model where recycling is total, no sending to Scunthorpe to burn or Indonesia or Nigeria to rot in heaps and which ensures tax payers are not unfairly burdened by the cost of impractical "green" schemes and landfill tax. And that the rest of us be on our guard against the solutions being dumped in a less vociferous less affluent and influential area of Norfolk.

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    Daisy Roots

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • £400k cost increase per month. Who-ever signed this deal ? Can I buy shares? Money for doing nothing.... Is it April 1st yet? This whole saga is unreal....

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    Dave01

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • This has been planned for some time. The sting in the tail.

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    democrat

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • It must be very frustrating for you to be out of the loop until you catch up with your buddies in Downham later so I'll put you out of your misery. The document from NCC that I have on my desk right now recommends cancellation in the strongest possible terms. Have fun logging in with your 30 different usernames trying to debunk it all over the next 4 hours or so but the fact remains - pip pip!

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    User Removed

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • How duplicitous Nobbs is!! At the council meeting last October, where it would have been easy and cheaper to have voted this out Nobbs voted in favour of it. All the evidence shown here was available in October and he chose to ignore it along with loud-mouth Castle who was castigated for disrespecting the MP. The only difference is that enormous pressure has built up in the last few weeks and they could see that they would lose the vote on Monday next. Time and again the officers have been proved to have lied and the evidence would have come out. The opposition were driven to take it to the wire and it was only a m atter of time that even more shocking revelations would have been exposed. Don't let Nobbs's self-rightous whine fool you.He is only trying to hang on to his pay-packet as leader.

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    maryjane

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • Maybe the shortfall could be made up by Smurfy, Borat and all their pals? They all seemed to be in such a rush to sign the contract when everyone with any sense was telling them not to. Can councillors still be surcharged for gross incompetence?

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    Norfolk and Good

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • Now the project can be built in some elses back yard !

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    Albert Cooper

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • Proof that the Tories cannot be trusted with our finances. A very sorry situation for us all.

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    Jeffrey Osborne

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • @sweet cheeks...that means they probably won't vote to stop it....I do not believe a word this man says...he is not fit for purpose...fall on your sword George!

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    Scooby

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • No idea who Dom is Fen but when you find your friend do let us know.

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    Pugh Bickley

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • Agreed - Nobbs is not the hero here - he's always been a one trick pony where someone shoves a dictafone in his face and he blames the Tories for all of life's ills rather than listening to the residents of Norfolk. The only reason he is playing Devil's advocate tonight is because Anne Gibson told him in no uncertain terms that this is what he must do.

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    User Removed

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • Please – just get on and build the damn thing. It is a sensible way of getting rid of large amounts of rubbish and I can’t think of anywhere better to build it than Kings Lynn.

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    Norfolk John

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • Yes, come on D. No doubt you are about to tell us that the intelligent councillors know best because the officers are mostly stupid and are ex-plumbers and decorators etc. However, we must all turn out on the 7th. Surely if we`ve learned anything it`s that you cannot trust this lot. Have you ever tried claiming on an insurance policy? They worm around in a similar way. Never give up, and remember it `ain`t over until the fat lady sings`.

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    democrat

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • Quite right, Barking. There are lots of other options for removing Norfolk's waste, all of them far cheaper than the incinerator. Well done to KLWIN, Henry Bellingham, Liz Truss and local councillors of all parties for sticking up for local people!

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    Steve

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • Blue tractor. Yes. Materialworks will cover west Norfolk. Norwich and surrounding districts will use Suffolk’s burner that is close to the county. Ironic Lincolnshire county council had left a comment on the proposed Saddlebow incinerator planning application suggesting they want to send residual waste to the plant. Now we find Suffolk Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire burners are working under capacity and all must be on the verge of paying mega bucks penalty clauses to incinerator shareholders. New EU legislation on recycling valuable commodity plastics and glass will reduce the size of the black bin and may be collected every couple of months. Sending residual waste to surrounding counties will be temporary until each district has their own recycling plants Materialworks or equivalent.

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    Interpol

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

  • Oh dear - poor old Dic.ky has blown a fuse at long last. The truth is actually much less impressive than he makes out - Nobbs finds himself in the same position as his mates Borat and Castle.... After banging on about the cost to the Norfolk taxpayer they find themselves finally unable to financially defend this miserable scheme. Even the likes of Monson and Adams can't quite join the dots either - they are financially ruined because they are deaf to the alternatives. Well done chaps - you fiddled as Rome burned.

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    User Removed

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • Where is the gobby councillor from Yarmouth? He had a lot to say a few weeks ago, he has proved that he hasn't got a clue.

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    Sweet cheeks

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • Maybe the shortfall could be made up by Smurfy, Borat and all their pals? They all seemed to be in such a rush to sign the contract when everyone with any sense was telling them not to. Can councillors still be surcharged for gross incompetence?

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    Norfolk and Good

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • Just seen Nobbs on the news making his lame excuses. He couldn't even look at the camera. Can that man make any more excuses and blame others for his inept, unethical, immoral council

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    Commander500

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • So what happens now-back to holes in the ground with all the landfill taxes? Better put that leisure park at BawseyLeziate on hold, we may need the dumping space. Or do we fiddle about pretending we can recycle all our waste when we know full well it cannot be done as far as demand for the materials are concerned nor in an energy sensible way. It is reprehensible to refuse a burner here but to ship so called recycling to Third world countries where it may not be recycled at all. It is dishonest to pretend that there is no hazardous waste left at the end of biomechanical recovery systems, it is plain wrong to waste diesel collecting food and green waste to turn into a potentially virus-fungus-disease carrying inferior growth medium when it could be used for power production. The incinerator was never the best solution-it should have been a power from waste plant, but we as county council tax payers have been worked over and walked over by West Norfolk politicians. And that is not democracy.

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    Daisy Roots

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • Hey, my 8 posts never got past the moderator..automatic truth alert ... Make them fix pavements not anything to do with real world, we have worst in WDC and SCC.. Flaw and flee would love Norfolk.. EDP deletes opinions too much IMO....we are a free country ....

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    Dave01

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • K.nobbs said on look east that the cabinet would vote to stop it, sounds like a whip to me, by the officers

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    Sweet cheeks

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • Welcome to the gang, PaulH......

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    User Removed

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • dont try to muddy the waters Daisy. I know you are at a disadvantage living in Martham but even you should know that the reality is the options for dealing with waste were never between landfill and incineration. The fibs must end now! Questions need answering as to how £400,000.00 can be charged in penalties every month from May, bad advice, negligence, someone is responsible and should be held to account.

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    Canary Boy

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • Oh dear 'Pugh' aka Di.cky - about that bottle of Dom you've got on ice - I'd cut your losses and open it now if I were you.....

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    User Removed

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • Come to that where does it say 'pull the plug' on the scheme. Not in the report.

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    Pugh Bickley

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • Not really bothered if it goes ahead or not, as I burn all my rubbish, whatever it is, be it recyclable or waste, it is burnt in my garden in the middle of New Costessey !!! thick black smoke ,,,

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    Footyboy16

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • Well said Honest Injun-my post said more or less the same less politely so has not appeared.Wait a few months and the solutions will be dumped somewhere else in Norfolk whilst slippery Daubney comes out all shiny and the housing developers at Hardwick pat him on the back.

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    Daisy Roots

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • I am speaking to you from the Cabinet Room at NCC. This morning the Director of Finance handed the Government a final report and we stated that unless we heard from them by 11.00 a.m. that they were prepared at once to withdraw their proposal, a state of war would exist between us and the opposition. I have to tell you that no such undertaking has been received, and that consequently this Council is at war with the opposition. You can imagine what a bitter blow it is to me that all my long struggle to win peace has failed. Yet I cannot believe that there is anything more or anything different I could have done and that would have been more successful. Up to the very last it would have been quite possible to have arranged a peaceful and honourable settlement between us, but the opposition would not have it.

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    Dickens

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • bet you weren't expecting that Dic$ens! Time for Nobbs and Borratt to fall on their swords. What a complete car crash

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    Scooby

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • Not really bothered if it goes ahead or not, as I burn all my rubbish, whatever it is, be it recyclable or waste, it is burnt in my garden in the middle of New Costessey !!! thick black smoke ,,,

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    Footyboy16

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • The anti lobby always reacts this way. They have a history of it. In a few days there will be the usual amount of egg on the same faces as always. They go back to insulting everyone then. Same old stuff and very predictable.

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    Percy Cuted

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • Come on Di.ckens we need your expert insider take on what this all means. Do you agree that £400,000.00 monthly penalty charges are standard clauses in local government waste contracts?

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    Canary Boy

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • So basically then Norfolk will be paying Lincolnshire and Suffolk to deal with it's waste and those counties will benefit from the energy generated in the process?

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    blue tractor

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

  • Blimey ! The Cabinet Room !! Anyway as the vote is next week anything can happen so watch this space and keep the bolshi remarks to yourselves or you might end up looking daft (again).

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    Mrs Willingale

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • Well done all those who worked so hard. Rupert Read is quite right. The Greens worked tirelessly as did UKIP, certain Lib Dems with Tim East being their local hero and a few Tories and Labourites, step forward John Dobson and Alex Kemp amongst others. And those on this thread a special mention, amongst others, for Canary Boy, Nemesis, Fenscape and all of the team who worked so very hard to ensure this happened. You know who you are!

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    alecto

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • Come on guys, party is over. You can go back to your day jobs now.

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    Jeffrey Osborne

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • Hey, my 8 posts never got past the moderator..automatic truth alert ... Make them fix pavements not anything to do with real world, we have worst in WDC and SCC.. Flaw and flee would love Norfolk.. EDP deletes opinions too much IMO....we are a free country ....

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    Dave01

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • Look the Councillors know best, it is by no means certain the circus led Labour clowns will not vote to go ahead with burner.

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    Gina

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • At last some common sense. Surprised Dan has no quote from Boratt.

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    Bikerboy

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • Just seen Nobbs on the news making his lame excuses. He couldn't even look at the camera. Can that man make any more excuses and blame others for his inept, unethical, immoral council

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    Commander500

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • @commmander500...my sentiments exactly - Nobbs should fall on his sword....on the 7th.....

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    Scooby

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • What is the best way to deal with waste ? answers please !

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    Albert Cooper

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • Quite right, Barking. There are lots of other options for removing Norfolk's waste, all of them far cheaper than the incinerator. Well done to KLWIN, Henry Bellingham, Liz Truss and local councillors of all parties for sticking up for local people!

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    Steve

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • No mention in the report about pulling out or anything like it. Have these protestors read it or do they just assume it is time for a party?

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    Stanley T

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • Ha ha just listen to them. They think it's all over..............It's not you know. I think I will re post some of the remarks here next Monday evening. Can't wait.

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    Magwitch

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • Alecto you have also worked so hard in your part of Norfolk to try to protect the public purse and our health. Cant celebrate yet the work at gov level continues, it must, until the final nail is in the coffin. Unfortunately we cant trust a word that comes out of the ncc press office or nobbs mouth. Perhaps after Monday we can relax and begin to think about the next step.

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    Canary Boy

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • What a bungling shambles this whole useless saga has been. The upshot is that a load of useless local and county politicians who couldn't conspire to organise a chimpanzees tea party have been trumped by the political shenanigans of Truss, Bellingham and Pickles who have manipulated between them a time out which is going to cost us Norfolk taxpayers circa £30 million. The main reason that I can see for this is numerous of them playing the NIMBY card to protect their own political skins without a care for the cost or the implications for the county as a whole. SHAMEFUL MESS!

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    Honest Injun

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • Albert you are the only person to hit the nail on the head.Salient and the brief plain truth.Where will the waste now go.The rest of the comments seem to be a bunch of attention seekers, blogging under a nom de plume

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    PaulH

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • So basically then Norfolk will be paying Lincolnshire and Suffolk to deal with it's waste and those counties will benefit from the energy generated in the process?

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    blue tractor

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

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